Luke has been the manager of the ATC for 14 years. Although Luke’s original areas of academic research as an experimental archaeologist were focussed on our earliest ancestors in Southern Africa, his interests are broad and span many specific elements across a range of time periods. Much of his work now involves project planning and design as well as the day to day management of the ATC and its wonderful staff. Luke enjoys the variety of projects that the ATC offers from the research, design and reconstruction of buildings such as the Viking Longhouse, to smaller projects such as the experimental production of Egyptian halfa grass rope. He is passionate about “hands on” education for all and has worked hard to ensure that the ATC is a last bastion of “Fundamental Education” which allows children to experience many daily processes from the past. Luke’s aim at the ATC over the next few years is to make the exciting and interesting world of Experimental Archaeology accessible to visitors through the launch of History@Work weekends – and so enhance the buildings and activities offered at the ATC. Luke’s hobbies include painting, mountains, medieval sword fighting, reading any sort of history, and eating cake of all varieties.
After studying for a degree in Fine Art, Antony trained as a teacher and taught Art at Key Stages 3 and 4, before moving into outdoor education, forest schools and bushcraft. He worked for several years as a bushcraft instructor, and during this time developed an interest in primitive technology, particularly flintknapping. This led to an MA in Experimental Archaeology, and subsequent work as a research assistant, at Exeter University, before joining the team at the Ancient Technology Centre.
Jasna learnt about the ATC when she was searching for a placement after finishing her degree in archaeology. Although the placement never took place, she was so impressed by the Centre and its ethos, that she wanted to become a part of it. When the opportunity came in 2015, she took it and moved from Slovenia to the UK. She is primarily interested in the Iron Age and the Roman Period, and the ways to present the past to children in order to inspire them (she got her experience from working with schools and museums in Slovenia, Scotland and Sweden). Her special interest is textile production, and the use of plants in the past.
Pascale Barnes studied Human Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. She moved to the UK in 1985 where she worked for economic development consultancy in London, organising international workshops and conferences in the UK and Europe, liaising with European Commission officials and project coordinators, and proofreading documents intended for publication. She also worked as a free-
Pascale’s introduction to the ATC was as a parent-
Pascale holds dual American and French nationalities, is fluent in English and French, has some working knowledge of Italian and is currently learning Spanish.
Paul initially came to the ATC for a blacksmithing course in 2006. He returned two years later as part of his foundation degree, but an eight week placement developed into volunteering and his tutor post. He is interested in farming methods from the Anglo Saxon to Norman period. He also enjoys greenwood working ranging from the techniques used during the building of the Longhouse to carving spoons.
Abi started working at the ATC in 2015, following the study of an archaeology degree and bio-